Cuatro Pasos

Castilla y León, castilla y leon Spain

Martín Códax is very much riding the ‘new wave’ of modern Spanish winemaking. As well as their work in pioneering the whites of Galicia, winemakers Luciano Amoedo and Katia Álvarez also make a robust, lively and modestly priced Bierzo from the native Mencía grape variety.

The name ‘Cuatro Pasos’ (or ‘four steps’) refers to four bear paw prints that were found at the vineyard site when the team were first investigating the area. Following this early encounter, the winery now supports bear protection initiatives which have helped to multiply the bear population in the area.

The Bierzo DO lies to the east of Rías Baixas near the border between Galicia and Castilla y León and has a significantly warmer climate. The fruit is sourced from old, low-yielding Mencía vines, grown at 400 – 700 metres above sea level on slate soils. The Bierzo is from 50 to 70-year-old vines and is full of fresh red berry fruit with subtle hints of toasty oak. Elegant and balanced on the palate, it has a juicy, fruit-driven finish that makes it perfect for enjoying on its own or with food. The more intense ‘Black’ Bierzo is from 80 to 100-year-old vines and spends eight months in French (75%) and American (25%) 225 litre oak barrels. It is full-bodied with silky tannins, toasted spice and smoky notes coupled with morello cherry and dark red fruits.


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